Gorleston man died in road crash in Thailand, inquest told

Norfolk coroner's court in Norwich. Photo: Denise Bradley.

Norfolk coroner's court in Norwich. Photo: Denise Bradley. - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2012

A Gorleston man died in Thailand when his motorcycle collided with another motorbike, which was travelling on the wrong side of the road, an inquest heard.

Daniel Howlett, from Hingley Close, died on February 12 last year in the Khiri Khan province of the country where he was living.

The 34-year-old, who worked as a draughtsman for a British company in Thailand, was riding his motorcycle home when it was involved in the collision.

A Norwich inquest heard today that Mr Howlett's motorbike was travelling on the right side of the road, when it collided with another bike, on the wrong side of the road, being ridden by a 16-year-old.

Mr Howlett's family attended the Norwich inquest, and afterwards his mother Angela Symonds said in tribute: 'Daniel was a totally beloved son and brother. All his friends in Norfolk are broken-hearted.'


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Mr Howlett had also worked in Australia, and his friends from Perth sent their own tribute to the family.

They said: 'We are all absolutely cut up with the ridiculously sad news that a most amazing man has finished his journey among us.

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'Dan was an incredibly infectious, hilarious, driven and intelligent guy who did not waste a single minute. 'His impact on everyone he met was huge. He has certainly left his mark.'

Mr Howlett's friend Neil Hanna, who was a house mate in Thailand, said in a statement read to the court, that they had been out to dinner that night and were travelling home at about 1am when it happened.

Mr Hanna was on a motorbike behind Mr Howlett and said: 'I heard a loud bang. I did not see the impact. The last I saw of Dan he was on the right side of the road. It would appear that the other motorcyclist was on the wrong side of the road and collided with Daniel's bike head-on.'

Passers-by called for an ambulance and paramedics attempted CPR, but Mr Howlett was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital in the beachside resort of Hua Hin.

Details from the Thai police report were read out at the inquest and confirmed that the other motorcyclist was on the wrong side of the road and had been driving recklessly.

The inquest heard the conditions were poor with potholes and poor lighting on the road.

A post-mortem examination was carried out and the cause of death was given as severe skull injury due to a road traffic collision.

Assistant coroner, Johanna Thompson's conclusion was death as a consequence of a road traffic collision in Thailand.

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